A man wearing a gas mask while driving Monday morning created an alarming scene in downtown San Mateo after officers reportedly found an inactive grenade inside his vehicle.
Just after 9 a.m. on East Fourth Avenue, police said, 29-year-old Gilberto Masias was stopped by officers who said they were alarmed by his apocalyptic-looking headgear. The gas mask might have been part of a Halloween costume, as police said Masias works at a local costume store. Read More
Burglars beware: The San Mateo Police Department will be keeping a watchful eye on residents’ homes during their out-of-town holiday travels. The department is offering vacation home checks that residents can request by submitting a form that is available online. Read More
A boxer-type dog was shot and killed by police in San Mateo on Monday afternoon after it attacked a smaller dog and child. Officers’ efforts to subdue it with a Taser had failed.A second dog was injured during the 4:20 p.m. incident at Laurie Meadows Park, according to the San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris. Read More
San Mateo police want developers and city officials to think about crime prevention when they design and approve buildings — an approach gaining momentum nationwide.
Last week, police Chief Susan Manheimer hosted the first of several workshops to teach property owners and city employees how simple tools such as landscaping, lighting and building upkeep can facilitate crime prevention through environmental design. Read More
Police have beefed up patrols in the 19th Avenue Park area of San Mateo following a rash of gang-related graffiti discovered late Friday night.Vandals struck the neighborhood near the 1700 block of South Delaware Street and left their spray-painted marks on homes, including exterior walls, garage doors and a few fences, Sgt. Dave Norris said."It looks like it happened sometime in the late evening," Norris said, adding that calls came in just after midnight on Saturday. Read More